Gigabyte’s latest tiny desktop computer is a model with a low-power 4 watt Intel Celeron N300 Braswell dual-core processor and a passive cooling system.

In other words, the Gigabyte BRIX GB-BACE3000 is a fanless PC that should operate silently (assuming you outfit it with a quiet solid state disk rather than a noisy hard drive.

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A few days after details about the newest member of the BRIX family of mini PCs leaked, Gigabyte added the GB-BACE3000 to its website.

The website confirms the basic specs and design. The computer measures 4.5″ x 4.2″ x 2.2″ and supports a 2.5 inch drive, up to 8GB of DDR3L-1600 RAM, and includes 802.11ac dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and Gigabit Ethernet.

It also features VGA and HDMI ports for connecting up to two displays, headphone and mic jacks, and four USB 3.0 ports, and a microSD card slot.

Gigabyte hasn’t revealed pricing or availability details yet, but an older barebones model with an Intel Celeron N2807 Bay Trail processor and 802.11b/g/n graphics sells for about $130.

via Fanless Tech


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8 replies on “Gigabyte BRIX GB-BACE-3000 is a fanless mini PC with Intel Braswell”

  1. If it can boot from MicroSD, and if it can be bought for around $130, it will be a great value for anyone looking for an ultra-cheap HTPC.

    Some people will sneer at this. You could put a 16gb MicroSD card into it, with 2gb RAM, and keep the total around $150 ($5 card, and $15 ram). Obviously it would only be ideal if you were storing your media on the network.

    I don’t know if you would want to run Windows from it, but OpenELEC runs fine from USB or MicroSD

    1. Intel refuses to support CEC…so you’d have to get one of those USB-CEC adapters…add another $45.

      No booting of SD…but USB works fine.

      1. I dont even care about CEC.

        Can you site your sources on the No booting of SD?

        1. Have one here…
          Unable to boot from MicroSD, the only boot options are USB,SATA and PXE/network (legacy/uefi).

          Even the video output needs a long time (VGA and HDMI). Never saw the BIOS diagnostic screen.

          Very frustrating :/

    2. Openelec officially supported Wetek box for around $90 which includes a tv tuner for Live tv is better than this for HTPC.

      1. For sure, the Wetek is the better buy if someone just wants the cheapest way to run OpenELEC. But the Brix has alot of advantages.
        – Intel CPU, supports Windows
        – 2.5″ drive bay
        – USB 3.0

    3. a 128GB SSD is now down to around 70€, so i’d prefer that
      no problem booting from that either.
      Then i wouldn’t go for RAM under 4GB, as that’s the main performance-problem nowadays. Would still be available under 300€, so it’s still kind of a “cheap” PC.

      But opposed to all those stick-pc-thingies it has potential to be more than a stupid player for network-content.

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